Wayne State University

Detroit Bankruptcy and Beyond Conference

The conference “Detroit Bankruptcy and Beyond: Organizing for Change in Distressed Cities” was held April 7 and 8, 2014, at Wayne Law.

This conference brought together organizers, policymakers, community members, researchers and the public from Detroit and across the nation to advance equity and inclusion in cities facing bankruptcy and financial crisis by analyzing shared challenges and root causes and crafting strategies and solutions.

Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights sponsored the conference with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley and MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength), a congregation-based Detroit social justice organization.

Videos of conference discussions, presentations

Evening session (April 7, 2014)

  • Opening keynote addresses by Thomas Sugrue and Rip Rapson
  • Discussant John Powell

Morning session (April 8, 2014)

  • Keynote address by Carol O'Cleireacain
  • Discussant Wallace Turbeville
  • Panel discussion – "Detroit: Historical Roots and Current Effects" (Panelists: Michelle Anderson, Gregory Eason, Debra Taylor and June Manning Thomas)
  • Discussant Freda Sampson

Afternoon session - Part 1 (April 8, 2014)

  • Panel discussion – Distressed Cities: A National Perspective (Panelists: Jim Carr, Chris Fox, Renaye Manley and Stuart Rossman)
  • Discussant Brandon Jessup

Afternoon session - Part 2 (April 8, 2014)

  • Keynote address by Ronald Sims

Photos from the conference

April 7, 2014

April 8, 2014

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